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the afghan taliban gained control of a key district along the border with pakistan welcome. i'm peter dobi. you're watching al jazeera live. also in the next 30 minutes, a political shake up in spain. the governing party fails to win a majority
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> are >> earlier today we talked to the police spokesperson heechlt confirmed to us that attack particularal ly
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>> seemed to lack strategic leadership. at the moment the government is busy with its international policies, peace making and sharing power with its partner. but when it comes to military it seems that there is a gap in the country and this is why you see the toll ban taking advantage-- taliban taking advantage of this gap and they are advancing sometimes in the north and sometimes in the south. it is a cat and mouse game going on in afghanistan at the moment does the afghan forces or army have the wherewhitesidesal to take the territory that they appear to have lost to the taliban? >> i think they do. in the coming days you will see there will be a counter attack by the afghan army. however that is subject to leadership from defense ministry up to now the defense ministry has a defense minister and this is a big gap that a lot of
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panelists and officials have been crying out for the last few months saying the government needs to pay more attention to security especially from the military perspective, not only from the afghan security forces, or part of the police and the much more softer forces of afghanistan taking care of the cities, but when it comes to the districts far away in the mountains that are very important strategically, that they could function as military bases for a very potent taliban force, the government has no strategy of how to dental ban of such bases in afghanistan is it your feeling that this is what we're talking about, if the taliban have, indeed, taken this town and if they want to spread out, is it a strategic plan of theirs to take it and keep it or is it a temporary land grab and they will have to give it up? >> for sure they have to keep it, they want to keep it and i'm sure that that will be part of the long-term strategy to take hold and then from there use a spring board to attack the other
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districts around the area, but they're going to be able-- whether they're going to be able to keep it, i don't think at that time ban are in a position to hold it, providing that the government come back with robust helmand province was for so long the place not to go to. the britts nominally held it for a long time, but there was a point in the history of afghanistan not so long ago when the army, people like the prime minister, were locked in to kabul. they couldn't go to the north or the south. are we heading back to that because all the external forces that were involved in afghanistan, they haven't walked away cruelty, but they basically-- completely, but they basically said mission accomplished. >> yes, they did, but afghanistan is not the afghanistan of 2001/2002. there is a popular will against the taliban. it has developed.
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they can no longer play the islamic cards. they know they're a tribal religious group and willing to share power with the government, but some of these attacks or some of these military maneuvers are to, as a ploy to increase chances at the negotiating table thank you. spain has been left with no clear election after p an election produced a divided parliament. mariano rajoy last a third of its support. the ruling party took 123 seats in the 350 seat parliament falling short of a majority. the opposition socialist came second with 90 seats, but two new parties made an impression. podemos formed just last year claimed 69 seats while kid had
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40. it means a new period of political uncertainty as barnaby phillips reports from madrid >> reporter: it's its strangest victory celebration you will ever see. they were trying to work out what it all means. they came first, but with their lowest share of the vote since the 1980s. the subdued mood here reflects the atmosphere of political confusion. the prime minister has fallen well short of an absolute majority and it is difficult to see how he can build a stable coalition. all this means that spain could be in for prolonged period political uncertainty. but when mariano rajoy came out to speak to his supporters, he insisted he would try and stay in office to carry on leading spain towards economic recovery. >> translation: there are still
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people in difficulty. we need to create more jobs. the spanish need a government that has parliamentary support and therefore i will seek a stable government and continue in the general interests of all spaniards. >> reporter: on the other side of town they were celebrating a political earthquake. the podemos party has burst onto the scene and will be a major force in the new parliament. for many young spanish people tired of corruption and unemployment, assad is the-- podemos is the future. >> we are very happy for the fact that in the spain, the two-party system has ended. we are happy because we are starting a new political era in our country. >> reporter: for the socialists
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and their leader, pablo iglesias, this was not a goodnight. this was their worst result in decades. but they could be future partners in any future coalition. that leaves the citizens' party another new force which could play a prominent role in the maneuvering to come. like podemos the sit sgenss have tapped into a disenchantment with the old political establishment. at the end of a long night, they made their way home stilling arguing about who won, who lost and how a government can emerge from this messy situation david chatter live now from madrid. we're now into weeks or potentially months of quite tough political horse trading. >> reporter: yes. if you look at the position of
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the parties in the congress of deputies, the lower house, op wouldn't say it was divided but fractured. that's exactly the party podemos wanted. they wanted to break the old system and they have. i can't see any way that a stable coalition can be put together because all the parties have made statements already which seem to rule out any grands coalition between the people's party, mariano rajoy's party and the socialists, and we've got the citizens party would are essentially coming from catalonia and the podemos the opposite side, they are supporting the idea of a referendum. i can't see how you can put any of those together in any way that can form a stable government. in the next few weeks and months, perhaps, up until last
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march when the constitution says there should be another general election, if they can't find a stable solution, i can't see any way forward. a victory tore podemos-- for podemos, they have broken the system. they've achieved it. shaved got 20% of the-- they have got 20% of the votes. they didn't get a seat because the system was biassed against them. this is an extraordinary result for them. i think that they are the only victoriaors of-- victors of yesterday's polls, but spain is going to face a rudderless few weeks while working on a coalition agreement, but that effort could well fail. we could well be facing against in three months time another general election thanks david. up to 91 people are missing after a land slide in southern china. there are unconfirmed reports of three people having died.
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soil and mud buried at least 22 buildings. a report from our correspondent. >> reporter: it used to be a busy industrial park in one of china's biggest cities full of factories shops and homes. now that's all buried under a thick layer of mud. nearly 1500 rescue workers have been on the scene throughout the night trying to find survivors, a task hampered by the unstable ground. the land slide swept away everything in its path. 22 buildings have been destroyed, including two dormitories for local workers. aborigine area of 20,000 square metres is covered with soil. the land slide triggered an explosion of a nearby gas pipeline. it was caused by collapsing earth that was dug up over construction work over the past two years. the authorities did have warning because they had time to
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evacuate hundreds of people before the land slide engulfed the area. >> translation: more than 900 residents were evacuated. people sent to hospitals do not have life-threatening injuries. >> reporter: people have spent the night in temporary shelters. the president is doing all she can to help people. questions are raised why such an mounds of earth was stored where it was. there is hope of finding still some of the missing alive india's supreme court has today upheld the release of the youngest convict in the 2012 gang rape and murder of a medical student. the convict has served the maximum sentence of three years for a juvenile. he was 17 at the time of his arrest. after widespread protest, the government proposed changes to
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the juvenile justice law, but that bill is yet to clear the upper house of parliament. the japanese company toshiba is slashing more than six thousand jobs. it will affect the consumer electronics area. shares plunge more than 9% on monday morning because the company expected a 4.5 billion dollar net loss or from the year to march. the chief executive resigned this year. still to come here on this program, a verdict is due against the scandal written f.i.f.a.'s most power leaders will be live in zurich. plus. >> reporter: rhyme reporting from thailand where yet another sea food processing company is accused of labor rights abuses. es. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive
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into the stories that are making our world what it is. welcome back. you're watching al jazeera from doha. top stories. afghan officials say taliban fighters have taken control of a strategic district in the south. fighting is still growing in helmand. the deputy governor appealed for help on social media. spain has been left with no clear majority ruling member. mariano rajoy's party took the most seats but lost its support.
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podemos may prove key players in coalition talks. up to 91 people are missing after a land slide in southern china. there are unconfirmed reports of three dead. soil and mud buried at least 22 buildings turning to thailand where the military government has responded to allegations of widespread labor abuse in the sea food industry. it is one of the biggest exporters of esea food in the world. its factory has been plagued by accusation of abuse. >> reporter: thailand sea food industry is built on migrant labor from neighbouring countries, particularly myanmar. wages are low. this boy says he works up to 18 hours a day putting labels on tins of tuna. he is only 16 and doesn't want to be identified. it's legal for him to work
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full-time but with certain restrictions like not working past 10 in the evening. >> translation: sometimes i do overtime and finish at almost 1 in the morning, or even at dawn. all extra work is supposed to be paid at over time. they don't pay me as they should. >> reporter: he works for golden prize, a large due that processing company just outside bangkok. the company sells 230 million dollars worth of do you know atto overseas markets each year. management wouldn't comment and instead sent security to move us on. >> translation: the issue is about wages and over time. they don't get paid as much as they should. they are paid less than what is stated in the labor law. >> reporter: recently about 1500 staff walked off the job for a day in a bold protest. negotiations between the workers and golden prize have amounted to nothing. >> reporter: this is certainly not an isolated case. in fact, thailand has always had
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a problem with labor rights, particularly when it comes to migrant workers. it's an issue that could be about to hurt the economy. the european union has put the sea food industry on night. it will decide soon whether to ban all imports of products from thailand because of illegal fishing practices and labor issues. >> we can say that we are not perfect. in thailand we have about 3 or 3.5 million migrant workers. nobody can clean up 100% but at least we have the mechanism, we allow the press, we allow the ngo to monday for us. >> reporter: the government has altered labor laws and introduced tougher punishments and some companies are making changes. but for workers, the law will mean nothing unless it is enforced. wayne hay, thailand a bus in kenya has been
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attacked by gunmen. one person has been killed and ten others injured. the burundi parliament is meeting to discuss the plans of sending in peacekeepers. unrest has been growing since april when the president decided to run for a third term. his government is refusing to allow in peacekeepers and says they will be an invasion force. the u.n. says it will send in the 5,000 troops in with or without burundi's consent. our correspondent from burundi. what is the outcome here from the special sitting of the parliament? >> reporter: the government has already decided that they don't want peacekeepers to be deployed to burundi. they don't want the 5,000 peace
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keeping mission that the u.n. has decided that it will bring to the burundi to stop the violen violence. the members the parliament started the discussions just a little over 30 minutes ago and the speaker of parliament set the tone when he asked the members to discuss whether they thought genocide was taking place in burundi and whether they thought the government had failed. in a parliament where 90% of the mps are from the president's party, it is highly likely that his will will be done here what option s are left, then, for the african union if burundi calls its bluff and goes ahead and says no to the peacekeepers? >> reporter: the african union has been reacting to such an eventuality already with the
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chairperson of the african union saying that it would be a sad thing if burundi would reject the peacekeepers. officials of the african union are saying that they will have nothing else to do but invoke article 4 of the constituted act of the continental union which allows the au to intervene in a member country in the case of the commission of act of human rights abusers as well as a threat to civilians and possible genocide as they're fearing would happen in burundi. the first thing that the african union commission will do is take burundi's case in front of the general assembly. that is one of two summits. the next one will be held in january and then the african heads of states are the only ones who can invoke article 4a which gives the union the power to intervene and if that happens, then the burundi government here is saying that
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any forces coming from the african union will be still as an-- scene as an occupation force and burundi will have to defend itself. this is going to be one big con trove vi -- controversy thank you. the president of rwanda will give his address. he is said to announce his third canned das see. 98% of voters have backed the referendum to change the constitution on friday. it will allow him to stand for the presidency again. in the next hour the football body ethics committee will decide the state of the persist and vice president. they face a lifetime ban from the sport if f.i.f.a. say they're guilty of corruption. they relate to a payment that was approved in 2011. both have denied wrongdoing. blatter is expected to hold a conference after the outcome.
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as far as the governing bodies are concerned, what do they feel their options are here? >> reporter: as you say, that decision is going to be made in about 45 minutes. the option, well, if they are found guilty of corruption over this two million dollar payment which they say was a video's agreement for work carried out by platini, that could be a lifetime ban for both of them. what seems more likely is that they will be found guilty of lesser charges, including false accounting and if the verdict is handed to other f.i.f.a. officials in the past months are anything to go by, that's more likely to be a ban of about seven years mr blatter being quoted in a swiss newspaper and also picked up by the guardian out of london
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this morning saying, yes, it was a verbal agreement, but under swiss law even a verbal agreement means the money shouldn't have changed hands. there are questions being asked over why the money didn't show up if f.i.f.a.'s audited accounts. >> reporter: there are certainly questions about that. i believe under swiss law those verbal agreements are only valid for five years. one of the things that makes the whole transaction suspect in many people's eyes is that it came just before platini decided not to stand against blatter in 2011. it may be asking a lot of people's credence to believe there was no wrongdoing in that but we will find out what the ethics committee, which was set up by blatter to keep f.i.f.a.
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clean, say in about 45 minutes. after that we're going to hear from him himself in the old headquarters of f.i.f.a. which might be a bit of a symbolic move from him. he has got a lot of personal pride. he always feels like he has really pushed foaf on during his 17 years in charge. he is going to come out fighting straight afterwards, i think. whatever happens to him, i don't think there's going to - he is going to be going quietly, but whatever the decision, the real main issue for the future of f.i.f.a. is what happens to platini just generally, what does this do to the game and what does it mean for the fans of the game around the world. what happens if - it's almost like slush fund money being pumped around the system. you have mr blatter who will not go quietly, and other people
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under investigation or have been suspended. it doesn't look good or smell right somehow. >> reporter: no. it looks very far from good. i think one of the things that maybe played in blatter's favor in the past is that quite simply most people who like football only care what their teams are doing. they tend to shrug their shoulders at what's going on at f.i.f.a. and what is going on with blatter. i think one of the main problems is that this money isn't just the money of the rich. countries like brazil spent the equivalent of their education budget to host the world cup in 2014. i think it's certainly a huge issue, a huge problem. this money is from poor people often but whether people who football always pay attention to it is more uncertain
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